A Family Divided by Robert Mendelson
A Divorced Father's Struggle With the Child Custody Industry

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A Harvard-educated physician returned home one day to find a note from his wife stating she had moved out and taken the children with her. The marriage was over, but he hoped he would remain a vital part of his children's lives.

His wife had other plans.

This is the story of a once-happy family now torn apart by divorce - its dignity shredded in a family court system that sees mothers as the only proper guardians for their children, even in the overwhelming majority of cases not involving abusive or threatening husbands. Written from the divorced father's point of view, this book exposes our twisted legal system, its obvious abuses of civil rights, and indifferent courts that subject caring fathers across the nation to vengeful ex-wives, opportunistic psychologists and psychiatrists, and overzealous attorneys.

Author Robert Mendelson argues that all fathers should not be viewed as deadbeat dads who shirk their responsibilities. Public opinion, the press, and the courts are wrong to think that men cannot be single parents. A Family Divided alerts divorcing fathers to the hidden minefields and pitfalls of custody proceedings, offers practical recommendations for reform, and sheds light on the real cause of fatherlessness in America today.
 

About Robert Mendelson

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To tell Dr. Hurwitz's gripping saga, Robert Mendelson relied on the experience he accumulated in his 28-year writing career as an award-winning author (A Family Divided), journalist, and editor. An English major at Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, Pa.), Mr. Mendelson's interest in nonfiction was nurtured during his years as a reporter for several newspapers, including the Chicago Sun-Times. His four-year tenure as editor in chief of the University of Pittsburgh's Pitt Magazine helped him glean his narrative-nonfiction style, which also catapulted the publication toward editorial excellence. When he took over the magazine in 2001, the publication held seven editorial awards in regional, national, and international competitions. When he resigned in late spring 2005 to write The Chase for Beauty, the magazine held 19 awards. One year later, the magazine held nine awards. Before bringing Dr. Hurwitz's authorized story to life, Mr. Mendelson conducted nearly 100 interviews. They were digitally recorded to ensure accuracy. (Most interviews resulted in a 20-30 page transcript.) Mr. Mendelson had complete creative control over the manuscript. Since finishing the book at the end of 2006, Mr. Mendelson has become executive editor of Carnegie Mellon Today, the quarterly publication for the acclaimed Pennsylvania-based university.
 
Published July 1, 1997 by Prometheus Books. 547 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Parenting & Relationships, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Mendelson, a former reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, argues long and volubly here for Michael Nieland's side of the case, seeking to show, through court transcripts and Nieland's personal diaries, that he was treated shamefully by his former wife and unfairly by the local family court system.

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